Thursday, March 21, 2013

Animal Talmudika Round - Up 2013

All kinds of beasts are a good sign in a dream, except the Elephant, the Monkey and Ape.

- The Babylonian Talmud, Berakoth 57b

'Why do all other animals hate and persecute the Mice?' Rabbi Eleazar was asked by his disciple. Eleazar told them: 'Because of their bad nature.
'What exactly do they do?' Raba replied: 'They gnaw even at clothes.'

- The Babylonian Talmud, Horayoth 13a

When Rabbi Dimi came he talked about a certain incident: 'It once happened at Haitalu that while a young woman was sweeping the floor a village Dog covered her from the rear, and Rabbi permitted her to marry a priest.'

- Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth 59b

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